I've applied, I'm a little out of the desired area if they go by road mileage (30 miles instead of 25) but if they go by as the crow flies I'm about 23 miles. Do you think that I would still be accepted?
In my current year, there are apprentices who live 40 miles away from the home station, and they still got accepted. Even if you're not within the 25 mile range, do still apply.
I have applied for the Oxford position, when am I likely to hear if I am successful or not?
I have applied on the 10th of June, and a week later got invited to a telephone interview. I then had my assessment/face-to-face interview by the end of the month, and mid-July had an offer of employment.
So, in other words, it shouldn't take too long.
I wish you good luck. It is a very good stepping stone to a career within the railway.
If you've got any questions about the IRO Railway Management course, or the DofE side of things, feel free to ask.
Thanks! I have applied for the Apprenticeship up in Oxford and did the online assessment (Multiple Choice) and am waiting to hear back. That was Friday. I have also applied for a yard team member position with GWR at Old Oak Common, which I would much prefer as it's a better first step into becoming a train driver, working in a yard and gaining shunting qualifications, and passed the online test for that and am waiting to hear back for that too. If the Yard one becomes successful, I won't do the Apprenticeship, it's just in case I don't get the job, which maybe quite likely since I'm only 17 (18 in July 2016).
I'm considering applying myself, although obviously I'd have to move. As I'm 31 this doesn't seem like my best choice mind, but would it be worth a go?
It would be a significant pay cut. Apprentices are generally only on £3 or £4 an hour.I'm considering applying myself, although obviously I'd have to move. As I'm 31 this doesn't seem like my best choice mind, but would it be worth a go?
I have sadly not been accepted for it. Has anybody been successful?
I have heard back, got a "20 - 30 minute telephone assessment" to do as a result of me being successful at the online tests. Although I am currently VERY busy practicing for a number of train driver safety and communication tests I have on Monday in Swindon in hope to nail this shunter position at Old Oak Common. I know you only get two chances at this, Monday being strike one, so I'm taking this very seriously.
Well done and good luck!
I notice that you said online tests though. I was only asked to do one, and received no indication as to whether I passed or not.
Edit: never mind, I've just received an email about a telephone interview
hey all, do you know if its just staff travel with gwr as the transport, or does it have the thing with BR boxes and 75% off (PRIV?) after the 6 months like full unguarded staff? just curious as it would make uk exploration a bit cheaper for me XD Also got my email today, phone interview on the 20th
As soon as you are successful and join, you will get a GWR staff travel pass, WeekendFirst pass, and a pass for other FirstGroup TOC's with boxes. You will get the ATOC Priv card after 3 months of employment.
It has been like that for the last year's lot.
I received a GWR Duty Travel Card in the post to use to get to my Assessment Centre in Swindon, expires tomorrow (when my assessment is) so its only temporary but they give them out to candidates to get to places for assessments, especially with me being local to Reading, Swindon isn't as easy to get to for me.
I've had to buy a ticket for my assessment centre myself, grumble grumble grumble...
But it was only in the Penta Hotel in Reading, so getting there from Windsor is not the most expensive in the world, compared to going to Swindon.
I got a daily duty travel card for my Medical, which was somewhere near King's Cross. I had to use my own Oyster to get there from Paddington though.
Is your assessment in Holbrook House?
Oh yes, they do. There's a door on Platform 1 that leads to a set of stairs, and also a couple of rooms.
Anyway, good luck on your assessment tomorrow.